Program Notes & Works
The Unanswered Question
Violin Concerto No. 2, Scherben der Stille (Shards of Silence)
On December 9, 1832—two years after its first performance, and as vividly recounted in his own Memoirs—Hector Berlioz won the heart of his beloved Harriet Smithson, whom he had never met, with a concert including the Symphonie fantastique, for which she had unknowingly served as inspiration when the...
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